A proposal to construct a new two-unit residential building on a vacant Brooklyn lot hit a brick wall at the Landmarks Preservation Commission. On Tuesday, both the members of the commission and the public rejected the proposal for 39 South Elliott Place, located between DeKalb and Lafayette avenues in the Fort Greene Historic District.
A piece of old New York is set to be replaced by something new. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a proposal to demolish the three-story structure at 25 Bleecker Street and replace it with a six-story (plus penthouse) mixed-use building with three residential units.
On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a proposal to convert a piece of the Greenpoint Savings Bank site at 807 Manhattan Avenue to residential use. The site is also bound by Cayler Street and Lorimer Street and sits in the Greenpoint Historic District.
Last month, BRP Companies closed on the purchase of the 7,063-square-foot vacant lot at 841-847 St. Nicholas Avenue – located on the corner of West 152nd Street, in Hamilton Heights – for $3.1 million. In November, after the developer entered into contract for the site, the previous property owners, Dance Theater of Harlem, payed $875,000 to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) to lift an existing deed restriction. The restriction only allowed nonprofit cultural organizations to use the property, according to the New York Times. The city has reportedly been in talks to develop roughly 24 affordable housing units on the site, but new buildings applications have not been filed. The property could accommodate 21,189 square feet of residential space as-of-right. The site is located within the Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Northwest Historic District, which means the Landmarks Preservation Commission would have to approve the design of a new project.
After billionaire Jon Stryker, of Stryker Corporation, purchased the two former industrial properties at 85-89 Jane Street, in the West Village, for $32 million in 2012, he is now moving forward with plans to redevelop the two- and one-story buildings into a 12,000-square-foot, single-family mansion. As currently proposed, the project would consist of a three-story base topped by a skinnier, two-story glass enclosure that would rise 90 feet in height. Much of the third level would feature an outdoor garden. As the site is located within the Greenwich Village Historic District, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) would have to approve of the design. Before the project goes before the LPC, it will be presented before Community Board 2, Curbed NY reports. TriBeCa-based Steven Harris Architects is behind the design.